UC Davis Personalizes Outreach to Address Asian Cancer Health Disparities

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — In an effort to reduce cancer health disparities among Asian-Americans, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers individual, in-language education and culturally sensitive materials for every Asian-American cancer patient. Debuting during the National Minority Cancer Awareness Week April 13-19, the new brochures and five-minute videos are designed to inform Asian-Americans about the … Continued

EMPACT PI, Dr. Moon Chen, Published in US News and World Report

Twenty years have passed since Congress mandated that NIH research include minorities. However, a recent study published by EMPaCT researcher Moon Chen, MD,  and researchers at UC Davis found that less than 5% of clinical trial participants are non-white and less than 2% of clinical cancer research studies are on non-white ethnic or racial groups. … Continued

March 2014 Supplement of Cancer

The findings published in the March 2014 supplement of Cancer, provide an overview of the progress and the importance of the EMPaCT consortium and their combined work effort to change the course of disparities for cancer-related treatment for minorities. The five consortium institutions – University of Minnesota (lead institution); University of Alabama, Birmingham; John’s Hopkins … Continued

Making an EMPACT

Minority Nurse recently reported on EMPACT and our focus of attracting more minority patients to clinical trials. EMPACT PI, Moon Chen, was quoted as saying “if we want to achieve the goal of customized therapy, we need to know a lot about how people are different, so we can tailor therapy to the individual’s specific genetic metabolic … Continued

Dr. Lovell Jones Recognized for Health Disparities Work

Dr. Lovell Jones at the podium of the Texas House of Representatives

Last month, following a presentation on health inequities and the impact they have on the financial well-being of Texas and the nation, EMPaCT Regional PI, Dr. Lovell Jones, was recognized on the Texas House floor. A proclamation was introduced by Representative McClendon honoring Dr. Jones for his years of service in addressing the issue of … Continued

Enrollment in Clinical Trials Improves Survival

Recent research by EMPaCT investigators Selwyn Vickers, MD, Elizabeth Habermann, PhD and Waddah Al-Refaie, MD,  found that for patients with solid organ tumors (2002-2008 California Cancer Registry), enrollment into cancer clinical trials lowered overall and cancer-related mortality. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23415510

Asian Americans Have the Lowest Cancer Screening Rates

Asian Woman Screened for Cancer

The percentage of Americans screened for cancer remains below national targets, with significant disparities among racial and ethnic populations, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute. This is the first-ever federal study to identify cancer screening disparities among Asian and Hispanic groups. The … Continued

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Selected as Part of National Effort to Increase Minority Participation in Cancer Clinical Trials

Moon Chen

Researchers from the UC Davis Cancer Center are part of a national effort that has just received a five-year round of funding to better understand and address barriers that limit the participation of minority populations in cancer therapeutic trials. The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), the newest of the National Institutes … Continued